Mark Richt has found a fullback.
Marquez Williams will join the Hurricanes from Division 2 Mars Hill (N.C.), program sources told the Post. He will be on scholarship.
Williams, who had no major college offers out of high school in 2012, is listed at 6-foot and 265 pounds. He will be a redshirt sophomore at UM this fall, a program source said. Since he is a Division 2 transfer, he is eligible immediately.
Including all players who signed in February, UM expects to have 79 players on scholarship this fall. That’s after adding Williams and losing offensive lineman Tyler Grimsley to transfer.
The Hurricanes can carry up to 80 this year, which is short of the 85 the NCAA allows. UM’s three-year scholarship reduction will end in October. The Hurricanes can carry a full 85 in 2017.
Not all coaches (or offenses) use a fullback, but Richt has said he aims to recruit the position. The returning starter is Gage Batten, a senior walk-on whom UM used occasionally last year. He missed the spring with a foot injury. His status for the fall is uncertain.
In the spring game, Richt used versatile H-back Chris Herndon more often than a traditional fullback. The fullback role was filled by two walk-on former linebackers, Cory Giordano and Wyatt Chickillo, the latter of whom left the game with a lower leg injury.
Williams played at Athens (Ga.) Clarke Central High, which borders Georgia’s campus. Richt was UGA’s coach for 15 seasons before UM hired him Dec. 4.
Williams also played at the same college as Richt’s son, UM quarterbacks coach Jon Richt, though the two were not teammates. Jon Richt, who started his career at Clemson, graduated from Mars Hill in 2012 after setting program records in completions (567), attempts (1,109), yards (8,169) and touchdown passes (69).
Williams signed with Mars Hill in 2012 and played in 11 games last year, carrying twice for nine yards. Most of his work came blocking for running backs Shaikel Davis and Jamel Harbison, who combined for 1,709 yards and 15 touchdowns.
In this 2014 clip, he pretty much destroyed this guy:
Information on Williams’ highlight film — which shows him throwing a few thunderous blocks — says he can bench-press 435 pounds, squat 525 and power-clean 340. If accurate, those numbers wouldn’t look out of place at a high-level FBS program like UM.